There are a LOT of causes out there to fight for. This is just one among many. But when I heard about the existence of slavery, of human sex trafficking, in Lancaster County, I also heard about the mind blowing statistics that: For a woman being trafficked, the odds of being rescued are only 1 out of 100. AND there is only a seven-year life expectancy of trafficked victims and survivors.
Women are dying in trafficking, and women are dying trying to come out of trafficking. There are women being led away to death in our beautiful Lancaster County - and to me - that’s a cause
worth fighting for.
Just some statistics:
1 out of 100: For a woman being trafficked, the odds of being rescued are only 1 out of 100.
13 years THE AVERAGE AGE OF A CHILD EXPLOITED THROUGH PROSTITUTION
98% OF TRAFFICKED SURVIVORS ARE PHYSICALLY ABUSED
Seven years. Seven years THE AVERAGE LIFE EXPECTANCY OF A TRAFFICKED VICTIM
70% OF TRAFFICKING SURVIVORS ARE SUICIDAL
Now i know that not everyone wants to come out of that industry - out of slavery - but, shouldn’t there always be a sentry, a rescuer? Shouldn’t there always be someone holding out their hand? Someone with the heart and resources to not only rescue but protect and counsel those coming out of the industry? That’s where North Star Initiative comes in.
For ten years, North Star has been providing restoration aftercare for survivors. You see, All too often rescue does not mean freedom. Those who are rescued often find themselves at emergency, domestic violence or homeless shelters, none of which address the unique needs of trafficking survivors. Because these shelters are temporary, today, countless women who have been rescued from sex trafficking will have no where to turn. Once back on the streets, it is more likely that they will fall back into a life of sexual enslavement or exploitation or be suicidal. North Star Initiative is on a mission to change that.
So what is Flooring for Freedom? Flooring for Freedom is our initiative to build awareness in Lancaster County of the frequency of death and enslavement of women. We want Lancaster County to be awake and aware of the slavery and death cycle in our community. Flooring for Freedom is about us giving back through our local business - so that a portion of your next flooring sale goes towards freedom, but If you get nothing else out of this video - all I want for you is to check out North Star Initiative - get involved - be aware - start talking to your friends - share this video - support life. Because I believe there should always be a hand out - ready to rescue those in slavery. Thank you for listening. Thank you for sharing.
From now until August 31st, during our Flooring for Freedom promotion, you can save $1,000's for every flooring sale at Elizabethtown Flooring with our great Freedom promotions, plus we will give 5% of every retail sale to North Star Initiative. Join us - in fighting slavery, and helping to provide restoration aftercare, in Lancaster County.